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Happiness for Humans$
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Daniel C. Russell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583683

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583683.001.0001

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The Embodied Conception of the Self

The Embodied Conception of the Self

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(p.199) 9 The Embodied Conception of the Self
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Happiness for Humans
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Daniel C. Russell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583683.003.0010

This chapter articulates and clarifies the conception of activity as embodied in relationships and projects that make one’s life recognizable as one’s own. It focuses on serious life-changes and especially loss, examining research suggesting that the loss of bodily function or a loved one is often experienced as changing one’s sense of oneself. Such an experience illuminates the idea of one’s activity as “embodied” in one’s life-shaping relationships and projects.

Keywords:   activity, assumptive world, bereavement, bodily change, body image, body schema, Shaun Gallagher, grief, C. S. Lewis, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Maurice, psychological identity, psychosocial transitions, self

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